Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Set for $88.4M in Five Days; Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $19.2M and $17.5M RespectivelyDecember 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $16.58 million on Friday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy increased a strong 66.5 percent over Thursday. Friday's daily hold was a good sign for the film after the sharper than anticipated percentage decline it experienced on Thursday. In comparison, 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers increased 39 percent on its first Friday to gross $19.22 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $50.98 million in three days, which places it 14 percent behind the $59.26 million three-day start of The Two Towers. BOXOFFICE currently projects $54.0 million over the weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies and a five-day start of $88.41 million. That would be in the same neighborhood as the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

IMAX grosses were responsible for $2.18 million of the film's overall gross on Friday. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $8.08 million from IMAX locations. That represents 15.8 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

It was a close race for second place on Friday, with Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb outpacing Sony's Annie with an estimated opening day performance of $5.625 million. The two films were separated by just $325,000 on Friday and are likely to remain fairly close to one another throughout the rest of the weekend (and perhaps throughout the rest of the holiday season as well). Secret of the Tomb opened 16 percent below the $6.71 million opening day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE currently projects a $19.2 million debut for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which would be below expectations. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie claimed third place with an estimated $5.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the higher end of expectations on Friday. That is welcome news for Sony, especially after the events of the past week that led to the cancellation of the studio's release of The Interview. Annie opened 21 percent below the opening day take of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE is projecting a $17.5 million debut for Annie. The film received an promising A- rating on CinemaScore.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 inched ahead of Exodus: Gods and Kings to take fourth place on Friday with an estimated $2.28 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $283.76 million in 29 days, which leaves it $16.24 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. BOXOFFICE currently estimates a $7.8 million take for Mockingjay - Part 1 this weekend.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fifth with an estimated $2.275 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic was down a very sharp 74 percent from last Friday's opening day take. Poor reviews, mixed word of mouth and direct competition from The Battle of the Five Armies are all clearly taking a toll on the film. Exodus has grossed an underwhelming $33.11 million through eight days. BOXOFFICE projects $7.7 million for Exodus: Gods and Kings this weekend, which would represent a 68 percent slide.

On its first day of wide release, Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $1.175 million from 1,061 locations. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon has grossed $4.24 million in 18 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Nov. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$11,475,980-20%4,125--$2,782$169,969,0281Warner Bros.
2Tangled$8,070,052-32%3,603--$2,240$19,939,2460Disney
3Unstoppable (2010)$2,546,86433%3,26154$781$49,009,7182Fox
4Burlesque$2,486,857-13%3,037--$819$5,352,4690Sony / Screen Gems
5Megamind$2,035,118-24%3,411-538$597$117,643,1563Paramount / DreamWorks
6Love and Other Drugs$1,922,882-14%2,366--$813$4,162,3710Fox
7Faster (2010)$1,878,49817%2,454--$765$3,479,6870CBS Films
8Due Date$1,722,20026%2,733-632$630$77,693,1233Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$1,010,06835%2,564--$394$9,708,9491Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$837,23837%2,441-77$343$22,430,5132Paramount
11Skyline$254,0156%2,8833$88$19,074,3502Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Red (2010)$311,72740%914-1964$341$84,741,7276Summit
2127 Hours$301,7019%279257$1,081$2,711,2853Fox Searchlight
3Fair Game (2010)$219,26219%396221$554$4,398,6083Summit
4For Colored Girls$197,47023%605-1522$326$35,202,0773Lionsgate
5Secretariat$142,41619%501-1518$284$56,900,0917Disney
6The Social Network$131,18615%291-797$451$89,716,8338Sony / Columbia
7Guzaarish$73,37021%108--$679$702,5931UTV
8The Town$43,5688%318-57$137$91,114,90510Warner Bros.
9Paranormal Activity 2$42,640-4%279-2124$153$83,885,5535Paramount
10Jackass 3D$40,7758%183-1424$223$116,381,7456Paramount
11Despicable Me$38,570-47%266-7$145$249,361,56020Universal
12Life As We Know It$33,32213%301-938$111$51,825,6387Warner Bros.
13Saw 3D$25,4751%806-1170$32$45,539,5504Lionsgate
14Easy A$24,833-25%105--$237$57,704,64110Sony / Screen Gems
15Inception$23,835-3%164-98$145$292,158,28919Warner Bros.
16Alpha and Omega$17,987-48%228105$79$24,912,03010Lionsgate
17Hereafter$16,1695%313-1378$52$32,282,4486Warner Bros.
18Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$7,353-21%124-125$59$52,355,7759Fox
19Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,774-47%130-110$52$54,507,7589Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$20,788-57%571$365$18,525,93036Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Nutcracker in 3D$11,57616%45--$257$21,5950Freestyle Releasing
3Conviction$9,3162%88-405$106$6,497,5306Fox Searchlight
4Waiting for 'Superman'$6,167-51%69-135$89$6,192,2319Paramount Vantage
5Under the Sea 3D$3,786-67%13-1$291$24,894,63993Warner Bros. / IMAX
6It's Kind of a Funny Story$2,999-19%46-21$65$6,363,6287Focus
7Nowhere Boy$2,658-25%60-51$44$1,407,2827Weinstein Company
8Stone$1,685-26%23-64$73$1,725,3837Relativity / Overture
9Catfish$1,53021%9-16$170$3,226,54310Universal / Rogue
10Wild Target$947-28%72$135$68,6244Freestyle
11Let Me In$915-27%31-112$30$12,122,7648Relativity / Overture
12The Tillman Story$36340%11-10$33$790,16314Weinstein Company
13Jack Goes Boating$112-84%9-25$12$523,86510Relativity / Overture